Your Guide to Thanksgiving Day

The holidays can be stressful with so much to do. Here are just a few pointers to guide you through a hectic Thanksgiving weekend.
Thursday, November 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:19 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008


Need ideas on how to baste your turkey or just help trying to cook it? Call the Turkey Talkline at 800-288-837-2255 or visit for help. No problem is too small or large for the turkey experts who will guide you through your cooking issues.

Twenty percent of all cranberries eaten are consumed at Thanksgiving. Did you forget the cranberry sauce? Gerbes, Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart will all be open 24 hours on Thanksgiving Day and Patricia’s Foods is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More than 40 million green bean casseroles will be served at Thanksgiving and 280 million turkeys are sold. That leaves a lot of leftovers. Need ideas to liven up tomorrow’s food? Check out these Web sites for recipe ideas using leftover turkey:;;

Divided nation? About half of American households cook stuffing inside the bird, the other half outside. Differences aside, together Americans consume more than 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day.



Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 9 a.m. to noon, KOMU/Channel 8: Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Al Roker host the 78th anniversary of the New York parade that ends with Santa Claus driving his sleigh, officially kicking off the Christmas season.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions, 11:30 a.m., KRCG/Channel 13: It’s the Lions 65th annual Thanksgiving Day game. John Mellencamp and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will perform at halftime and three Hall of Fame Lions will be honored at the game, including Barry Sanders.

NFL: Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys, 3:15 p.m., KQFX/Channel 38: Destiny’s Child will perform at halftime, as the Bears (4-6) and Cowboys (3-7) try to keep their seasons alive.

“Miracle on 34th St.” 2 p.m., KOMU/Channel 8: The timeless Oscar-winning Christmas story that reminds us that “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” 7 p.m., KMIZ/Channel 17: Charlie Brown and the gang gear up for a Thanksgiving feast that is certain to have its problems.

“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., KMIZ/Channel 17: Based on the classic children’s book, Jim Carrey plays the Grinch in Ron Howard’s film adaptation.


Here are some tips to ease cleaning during and after your Thanksgiving feast.

Don’t pour grease down the sink; instead, have a can out that grease can be poured into. Then, throw the can away. Grease will clog sinks. Plumbers’ busiest time is during the holidays, because people overload their garbage disposals.

Determine clean-up strategy before dinner. After everyone finishes eating, cleaning doesn’t normally top people’s list of things to do.

Keep club soda nearby to clean spots or stains on the tablecloth before they set in.

Fill the sink with soapy water so smaller dishes can soak as people finish eating.

Try to consolidate as much food as possible after the meal. It eases cleaning in the next few days and saves refrigerator space.

Make it easy for guests to help clean. Clearly state or label where you want dishes, trash and recyclables to go after the meal.

Sources: and Reader’s Digest Online


After the turkey has settled, a walk around Stephens Lake is the best thing for a body tired from eating. Once dusk has hit, a quick drive through some of Columbia’s neighborhood’s will show the beginnings of the holiday lighting season. The Douglass Area and North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association have a holiday lights competition Dec. 12, so don’t be surprised to see a lot of lights in that area.

If the weather is too cold to spend time outdoors, go to a movie. A number of blockbusters open this weekend or were recently released. For show times, call Hollywood Stadium 14, 817-0770 or Goodrich Forum 8, 445-7469, or go to

“Alexander” — This epic film retells the story of the great Roman conqueror, with Colin Farrell in the lead role.

“Christmas with the Kranks” — This holiday comedy chronicles a couple that decides to not celebrate Christmas but instead go on a cruise, until their daughter in the Peace Corps returns home.

“The Polar Express” — Tom Hanks does the voice of six characters in this film, made from a children’s classic and brought to life by digital enhancement.

“The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” — The incorrigible Nickelodeon character takes his antics to the big screen for his first movie.

RagTag will be showing “Sideways” at 8 p.m. The film follows two clueless men making a last-hurrah tour of the Santa Barbara wine country before one of them gets married. For more information, go to or call 443-4359.


Pies, pastries and other desert donations will be accepted until about 1 p.m. today for a community dinner at Everett’s Restaurant, 1601 Rangeline St., 443-6200.

The Salvation Army is accepting coats for its coat drive at all of its thrift stores, as well as other clothing and household items, 1304 Parkade Blvd. and 23 E. Walnut St., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the rest of the winter.

Monetary donations, as well as canned and boxed food, will be accepted at 1108 W. Ash St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Donations are accepted every Monday-Friday except for today and other holidays.

To ring bells or find out about other volunteering opportunities, call The Salvation Army at 442-3229.

To donate food or help at the Central Missouri Food Bank Pantry, call 874-7848, Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The Friday after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as the biggest shopping day of the year. According to Hershey’s “Nuttiest Shopping Day Survey,” more than 73 million Americans — about one-quarter of the U.S. population —plan to shop the day after Thanksgiving.

The National Retail Federation predicts this year’s holiday spending will total $219.9 billion, which is more than last year’s combined gross domestic product of North Korea, New Zealand, Sudan and Cuba.

Columbia Mall opens at 7 a.m. Friday and will give away $500 gift certificates to two shoppers who enter before 9 a.m. Cider and cookies will be served at all the entrances. JC Penney’s will open at 5:30 a.m.

According to the same Hershey’s survey, about half of the shoppers start by 8 a.m. If you’re worried about waking up too late, dial 888-846-6887 for a free wake-up call.

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